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a question for my fellow dads (but not necesarily male <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) - do you think 'its' different after you had children?<br><br>
the short obvious answer is no - but i do notice that i am still me - i just feel that i have my own family now - to watch out for and provide for; you know the old stereotypes that a father is the provider for his family, i honestly feel that is very true - and not just monitarily, but also guidance and protection - and the biggest one is knowledge.<br><br>
but i am still me - i thought i would turn into a dad, like i would magically become my father or different, but ...nope i am me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My whole world changed, but for the better.<br><br>
I initially felt a bit intimidated at the prospect of being the sole provider, etc, but we really work as a team and dw is perhaps the stronger team member and always supportive.<br><br>
Being a dad has helped me to appreciate my own father. He had 5 kids, I have only 1. He worked 2-3 jobs, I only 1. My life is definately easier than his was.<br><br>
So I would have to say that yes, my life has changed. Have I changed? Being a father has brought out the best in me. I've had to change some things though, but these things needed changing anyway....
 

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My world has changed in so many ways since I first looked into my boy's eyes.<br><br>
1. I no longer work outside the home! I stay home with my boy.<br><br>
2. I'm much more relaxed about so many things that used to drive me nuts - like having a clean, clutter-free car <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
3. I'm so much more cautious with everything, knowing my decisions can affect my son's life - not just mine and my dw's.<br><br>
4. I observe speed limits now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
5. I don't lose my mind when there are kids at the restaurant screaming at the top of their lungs<br><br>
to name a few things...
 
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